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Richmond Equitable Development Initiative

What we Do

The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) is a collaborative of advocacy, research and grassroots community based organizations working together in Richmond and throughout the Bay Area on environmental justice and social justice issues. Leadership Institute Participants Map their CityREDI actively supports the need for quality, living-wage jobs and job training programs linked to growth industries and sectors as well as quality, affordable housing options, effective and connected public transportation networks and an overall healthier and cleaner environment. REDI conducts research and policy analysis, organizes community stakeholders and advocates for public policy and development that benefits instead of burdens low-income communities and communities of color. REDI’s aim is to protect neighborhoods and communities against the potential for displacement or gentrification.

Who we are

REDI organizations and its community members represent thousand of Richmond families that are representative of Richmond’s rich diversity in age, culture, and ethnicity. As a coalition, REDI collaborative partners lead campaigns and projects, provide research and technical assistance, and organize community stakeholders around REDI’s key campaigns and projects.

REDI Collaborative Partners are leading REDI campaigns and projects in Richmond that support our vision for Richmond.

Project Partners support key campaigns and projects through community organizing and advocacy activities
Technical Assistance Partners work with REDI on specific projects. They provide expertise in specific areas through research, data and legal analysis.
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Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) Updates

Protect Our Community’s Health

Demand Transparency and Accountability from Chevron, the County Health Department and the City of Richmond

The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) denounces the damage done by the Chevron refinery fire in the strongest possible terms. Though smoke poisoned the atmosphere throughout the region, sent hundreds of people to the hospital, and stopped BART trains, once again the harm fell hardest on Richmond’s low-income community and people of color.

Members of REDI’s partner groups have deep roots in these communities, and we see this event as both a source of outrage and a call to action: We demand transparency and accountability so we can protect the health of our community.

Chevron town hall meeting on August 7th, after the refinery fire in Rchmond, CA. (3)It is unacceptable that people had to sit imprisoned behind duct-taped doors with headaches, burning eyes and lungs—or had symptoms bad enough to force them into the toxic air to seek medical help. To make matters worse, few people got warning robocalls from the Contra Costa County Health Department—they only heard the sirens, saw and smelled the smoke.

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Press Release: Richmond General Plan Passes!

PRESS RELEASE                                    
For Immediate Release                                                    

Richmond General Plan Passes!

RICHMOND, Calif. –On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 12:44 am, the Richmond City Council voted to pass the General Plan 2030 (GP) with a vote of 5-2—Councilmembers Booze and Bates voted ‘no’.  Nearly 30 members of the REDI (Richmond Equitable Development Initiative) collaborative filed into an already packed City Council chamber around 8pm Tuesday evening for the second and final round of the GP adoption hearing. The GP agenda item didn’t begin until 10:45pm. Roughly two hours into deliberations, the Council voted unanimously to approve the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), then minutes later to approve the Plan.
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REDI's Christy Leffall on KPFA's Morning Mix - April 19, 2012

Listen to Christy Leffall, land-use program coordinator and coordinator of the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) at Urban Habitat, on KPFA's Morning Mix hosted by Richmond Planning Commissioner Andres Soto that aired on April 19, 2012 at 8:00 am. Leffall gives a recap of the General Plan Rally at the Richmond City Council Chambers on April 17th and subsequent adoption hearing of the General Plan with the Environmental Impact Report, which REDI has been working on for over six years.

REDI members turned out in significant numbers to this meeting. The vote was tabled until next week because the general plan agenda took over four hours, one hour for the staff’s presentation, and another three hours for public testimony where 111 speakers had signed in to speak. The upcoming City council vote on Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30pm at Richmond City Hall. Listen to an edited version of the segment here (or download). Visit, KPFA to hear the full version.

Christy Leffall is currently a Land Use Program Coordinator working in Contra Costa County. Leffall is coordinator of the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) in Richmond, CA, which advocates for the adoption and implementation of equitable elements within the city’s updated General Plan. 
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